4th Annual Summit

The 4th Annual Illinois Breastfeeding Leadership Summit was held Thursday, May 18, 2017 at the Dove Center in Springfield. 

Kiran Katira, Director at the Community Engagement Center at the University of New Mexico led a full day of presentation and facilitated discussion around breastfeeding in relation to equity, diversity and inclusion in the First Food Movement.

Kiran Katira is an East-African Indian, born in Kenya and raised in England. She received her Ph.D. in Education Thought and Socio-Cultural Studies from the University of New Mexico. For the past 18 years she has worked with NM communities through the University of NM’s Community Engagement Center, where she facilitates the leadership development of local university students serving in thirty community based projects. She is also a trainer in training with the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond and an active member of Families United for Education. Kiran teaches university courses, which focus on antiracist-education, community based research and peace and justice. 

Dr. Katira started the day with a quote from James Baldwin:  "Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced."  

After a discussion of the 'problem', the disparity in breastfeeding rates in the US, she referenced Dr. Camara Jone's work with a description of the three types of racism:

Institutionalized Racism

Differential access to the goods, services, and opportunities of society, by “race”

   Housing, education, employment, income
   Medical facilities
  Clean environment
  Information, resources, voice

Explains the association between SES and “race”  

Personally-mediated racism

Differential assumptions about the abilities, motives, and intents of others, by “race”

Prejudice and discrimination

  Police brutality
  Physician disrespect
  Shopkeeper vigilance
  Waiter indifference
  Teacher devaluation

Internalized racism

Acceptance by the stigmatized “races” of negative messages about our own abilities and intrinsic worth

  White man’s ice is colder
  Resignation, helplessness, hopelessness

Accepting limitations to our full humanity  

Dr. Camara Phyllis Jones,a family physician and epidemiologist by training, Dr. Jones' lifelong passion has been naming and addressing the impacts of racism on the health and wellbeing of the nation. In a 2002 videotaped interview for the CityMatCH Annual Urban MCH Leadership Conference, Dr. Jones shared a simple yet remarkably profound allegory she grew and nurtured to help people come to a place of understanding about the many layers and nuances of institutionalized, personally-mediated, and internalized racism.

Dr. Jones has developed a simple yet remarkably profound allegory to help people come to a place of understanding about the many layers and nuances of institutionalized, personally-mediated, and internalized racism.  Called 'The Gardener's Tale' you can find it at the link below.